If you haven’t already done so, the time is now to update your version of Windows to Windows 8.1. 8.1 is one of the fastest-growing mobile systems, that continues to receive positive praise from tech influencers and consumers, alike. I’ve shared below a post from Connected Rogers that really explores the great Windows 8.1’s new features, enhancements, and top-level highlights.
Greatly improved over its predecessor, the new Bing Search helps you find what you’re looking for online or on your phone – including mail, messaging, calendar, apps and contacts. Search results are now displayed in convenient groups for Web, local, images and videos.
Windows Phone 8.1 has a new Action Center that provides one place for you to check all your notifications – so you’ll never miss a thing. You now have the option to view notifications even when your phone is locked. New customizable Action Center slots allow you to determine what takes top priority, whether it’s breaking news alerts, mobile-game information or live sports scores pushed to your device. In most apps, simply swipe down to reveal the Action Center.
Stretch your wireless phone’s battery by temporarily disabling some functionality – such as automatic email synchronization, social-media updates and push notifications from apps – but keeping important features like phone calls and text messages. You can now see which apps are using your battery – both the ones in use and running in the background – and you get to enable or disable it all from one command centre.
Finally, Wi-Fi Sense is a handy feature that intelligently and instantly connects you to free Wi-Fi hotspots – be it your favourite coffee shop, a friend’s home network or a complimentary airport connection. Windows Phone is the only mobile OS that can automatically attempt to connect to more than a million free Wi-Fi hotspots around the world by automatically accepting terms and connections on your behalf.
Other features worth checking out: a new Word Flow keyboard for faster and more accurate typing; additional camera lenses for photo takers; a refined Calendar app with integrated weather; and support for dual SIMs on many models (enabling both personal and work calls on one phone).
Let us know if you’re using Windows 8.1 and how you’re liking it.
The wondrous growth of wearables
I am a huge believer in the power of the wearables – I really think they’re changing how, where and when we’re connecting. Wearables are not simply a fad, but continue to evolve, becoming more and more innovative. As explored by SocialMediaToday.com, a new report by Juniper Research, revealed that the global retail revenue for smart wearable devices are now forecast to be $53.2 billion in 2019! This report anticipates the growth of more premium smart watches and glasses over the next 5 years.
To see what wearables you can sport from Rogers, check out rogers.com/accessories.
What do you foresee as the future of wearable tech?
Our hockey news continues – bringing the game to you
This week we shared the news that the NHL is coming to a home town near you – or maybe even to your backyard. This NHL season we’ll be introducing Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour, celebrating and broadcasting hockey in 25 communities across the country. Every Sunday night, Ron Maclean will host parts of a pre-game show, intermission, and post-game coverage live from each town. Communities will experience an exciting weekend of hockey, with outdoor game watching parties, local entertainment, food stations and celebration of local hockey heroes. Visit hometownhockey.com to find out when we’ll be stopping in your town and how you can become a part of the local festivities.
Does your town have any local hockey traditions?
Fall in love with a new device
With the summer over, the leaves are changing and our t-shirts turn to sweaters. For some the fall brings many changes, so how about a change of your device? To keep up-to-date on our newest smartphones be sure to check out rogers.com/devices. Here you can also learn when phones are available for reservation – so you’re first to get your hands on the latest device.
Tell us, what are you looking for you in your next smartphone?
This NHL season, 25 communities across the country will be joining Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour. Starting in London, Ontario, on October 11 and 12, Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will bring each town an exciting weekend of festivities. We’ll be celebrating all things hockey in the heart of each community; fans can look forward to outdoor viewing parties on both Saturday (Hockey Night in Canada) and Sunday (Rogers Hometown Hockey), local entertainment and food stations, cool activities from our partners like Scotiabank, Samsung, XBOX, and more.
How can you watch? City will air a half-hour pre-game show hosted by Ron MacLean live from each home towns with appearances during the intermission and post-game show. Shows will include interviews with celebrities, NHL alumni, and will feature your local hockey heroes.
For a list of hometowns we’ll be visiting, check out the official Rogers Hometown Hockey schedule here. If your town isn’t included not to worry, you can still catch all the action by watching live on TV or through Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™. You can also follow our tour on Facebook, Twitter (#HometownHockey) and Instagram.
I’m really looking forward to watching communities celebrate our nation’s game, and learning what hockey means to Canadians from coast-to-coast.
What does hockey mean in your town?
Get rewarded for your old device
If you’re upgrading your phone you might be asking yourself: what do I do with my outdated old device? Well, you can take advantage of the Rogers Trade-Up Program! To see the value of your phone, check out rogers.com/tradeupquote. Your quote is valid for 30 days so you can be certain that the quote won’t change. Starting today for a limited time; if the value of your device is worth $0 you’ll be eligible to receive 800 Rogers First Rewards points. Your points can be used towards the purchase of your next smartphone, or any product or service in the Rogers First Rewards catalogue.
Tell us, how are you using your Rogers First Rewards?
Introducing Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™
We’re gearing up for the NHL hockey season! This week we unveiled Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™– an online destination for catching the hockey game from your smartphone, computer or tablet. Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ lets you watch over 1,000 live regular season NHL games–over 50 per cent more online regular season and playoff games than last year. A free subscription is available for Rogers wireless data and Hi-speed Internet customers until December 31, 2014, but non-Rogers customers can still get in on the action. Check out pricing and availability here. We will continue to share news about the upcoming season, along with our Rogers NHL ambassador, Mark Messier.
We’re excited, and so is the blogger community, check out their thoughts:
- “Rogers announced Wednesday that Canadian NHL fans will have pretty incredible access to games during the 2014-15 NHL season through their Rogers NHL GameCentre Live” – SB Nation
- “It’s a pretty incredible improvement” – Habs Eyes on the Prize
- “I can see this appealing to those who are out and about and find out that a really great game is on, or those who want a second screen to watch a second game” IT Nerd
Tell us, will you be watching the game with Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™?
We’re smiling for Hyperlapse
The recently launched Hyperlapse, Instagram’s latest standalone app is receiving positive reviews. Hyperlapse is a new app used to capture high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion, that features built-in stabilization technology that results in a cinematic look and feel. You don’t need an account to create a Hyperlapse, so it’s simple and easy to access. Care to learn more? Check out the video here to learn how you can create your own video that will have your social communities talking!
Have you used Hyperlapse yet? Share you experience below.
35 days until puck drop and the news just keeps on getting better for hockey fans! Today, we, along with our team mate Mark Messier, shared news of the newly revamped Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™. A free subscription is available for Rogers wireless data and Hi-speed Internet customers until December 31, 2014, Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ turns your tablets, phones and computers into NHL season’s passes.
Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ lets you watch over 1,000 live regular season NHL games– that’s over 50 per cent more regular season and playoff games than last year. This means you can now catch the end of the Flames’ game from your tablet on your late night commute, or catch a Penguins’ shoot-out right from your smartphone.
We’ve lifted more blackouts than last year, meaning you can get more live streaming of in-market regional and national games, depending on your broadcast region and subscription. Plus, you can now get access to online streaming of French broadcasts, as well as the Stanley Cup® Final, the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the NHL® All Star Game and more.
While Rogers wireless data and Hi – Speed Internet customers get a free subscription of Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ until December 31, 2014, non-Rogers customers can still access the game. Check out Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ subscription pricing here. This season, we’re also delivering Canadians double the number of games on TV and twice as many Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night games than ever before.
In October, the app will be available to download. Live streaming starts October 8. And we’ll have more news to share closer to puck drop. In the meantime, stay tuned to Redboard and to rogers.com/nhl for updates. We’re determined to make this the best season yet, bringing innovation that will change how and where you watch our nation’s game!
Tell us, where will you be catching the game with Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™?
Here’s a helpful tip. For those searching for more information, or would like to hear what others are saying about Rogers GameCentre LIVE, just remember that when searching we spell it centre not center which is the US spelling.
Working at Rogers, I get a lot of questions from my friends about their smartphones. Recently, my good friend was telling me her device is really slowing down. Her battery isn’t holding a charge like it used to and the OS tends to freeze up. Like most of us, the thought of sending her phone out for repair induces panic; how can she even think about parting with her device?
If this sounds like you and your device, you’ll love our new, free, in-store service program – Device Tune-Up, that solves many of your smartphone issues on the spot.
As the video below describes, Device Tune-Up has multiple features with unique benefits for you and your cherished device:
Get a Device HealthCheck
- We’ll run a Device HealthCheck to make sure your smartphone is up to date and running like new
- Depending on your operating system we can check what apps are running, what is using up your battery, if you have the latest OS and more
Safeguard your data
- Are you passing your phone down to a friend or family member? Device Tune-Up can securely wipe you data and even back it up.
Transfer data from one device to another
- If you’re getting an upgrade, Device Tune-Up can transfer your data from your old smartphone to your new one so you can be up and running right away
- Depending on your OS or where your data is saved, contacts, images, videos and SMS can be transferred
Check out the video below to learn more or visit rogers.com/devicetuneup.
Talking tech for back to school
Nine days until most students pack their school bags and lunches, tie up their laces and head back to class. Leading up to the first day, many students are searching for their back to school tech that will help them both in and outside of the classroom. This week for example, we discussed how technology, access to the internet and use of a laptop, smartphone and tablet is enhancing our educational experiences. To further share how technology is being used by students, we also spoke with two of our Rogers social insiders, who shared how cable, internet, and mobile devices kept them afloat during their university years.
What folks are saying about the LG G3
The LG G3 continues to make positive impressions across the tech community. We discussed our favourite LG G3 features in a post earlier this month, but if you want to dive into the specs and capabilities a little more you can go two ways. Either check out this LG G3 video review on Youtube by Karl Conrad or read IT Nerd’s in-depth review here. Or if you’re really in the LG G3 mood, do both!
Tell us – do you have any LG G3 reviews to share?
Brides say ‘I do’ to social media
Summer is a busy time for weddings, so I thought we’d share some social stats around the social networking bride. A Mashable and Knot.com survey revealed brides take to online to share their news; within hours of saying yes, 28 per cent of brides-to-be update their social media statues, while 24 per cent share the news the next day. 70 per cent of brides were already making plans on Pinterest, while 89 per cent use wedding planning apps to assist with making lists, counting down days, browsing gowns and more.
Hashtags are also becoming part of the new age wedding culture, with more than half of couples (55 per cent) using a wedding hashtag. Guests are encouraged to share their photos on social; with 68 per cent of brides wanting them posted in real-time.
Have you, or someone you know used social media or mobile apps to help plan a wedding? Share your experience below.
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